During his career, Edgar won five Designated Hitter of the Year awards. Upon his retirement, the name of the award was changed in his honor to the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award.
Edgar was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame on September 9, 2003, during a pregame ceremony at Safeco Field.
Following the 2004 season, Edgar was the recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes the MLB player who most combines a dedication to giving back to the community with outstanding skills on the baseball field. He was the first Puerto Rican player to receive the honor.
No other Mariner has worn Edgar’s number eleven jersey since his retirement and he was inducted into the Seattle Mariner Hall of Fame in 2007. That year, Edgar was also inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals and organizations who, through their humanitarian efforts, distinguish themselves as role models in their community.
On March 5, 2005, the section of Atlantic Street South that runs along the south side of Safeco Field was designated as “Edgar Martinez Drive South” by then Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.
Hall of Fame Credentials
According to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, “voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”
Edgar Martinez embodied these qualities as a player. During his career, Martinez displayed an astounding record of consistency, redefined and dominated his position and remained a man of great character and integrity as he gradually hit his way toward becoming one of the most revered Seattle Mariners in history.
One of the most feared and dominant hitters during his era (1987-2004), he easily transitioned from an everyday third baseman to a full-time designated hitter and redefined the position, winning the Designated Hitter of the Year award five times. Upon his retirement, the award was renamed the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award in his honor.
Martinez is one of just eight players with 300 home runs, 500 doubles, a career batting average higher than .300, a career on-base percentage higher than .400 and a career slugging percentage higher than .500. Five are in the Hall of Fame and the other two are not yet eligible.
With a career on-base percentage of .418, he ranks 18th all-time. Of the 17 others, ten are in the Hall of Fame, four are not yet eligible, and one is banned from baseball.
Martinez marked a seven-year stretch from 1995-2001 as a dominant offensive force, hitting .329 with a .446 on-base percentage and a .574 slugging percentage. He’s one of just four players in history to record such a stretch while meeting the following statistical milestones:
- Batting average of at least .325
- On-base percentage of at least .440
- Slugging percentage of at least .570
- At least 250 doubles
- Played in at least 1,000 games.
The only players to match this level are Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams (both in the Hall of Fame) and Todd Helton (who is not yet eligible).
In 13 seasons from 1991-2003, Edgar Martinez was in the top-25 of every major offensive category. Since the 1940’s, he is one of just six hitters to hit .320 in at least six straight seasons. The others are Stan Musial, Wade Boggs, Rod Carew, Tony Gwynn (all in the Hall of Fame) and Todd Helton.